We’ve already posted basic information about this year’s soccer tryouts, including links to forms you will need to complete before tryouts or practice. As summer soccer ends and fall soccer tryouts begin, we thought parents and players would like more information about how Washburn boys soccer tryouts work and what to expect for the upcoming season. We talked with Varsity Head Coach Aaron Percy about tryouts and what to expect during Miller soccer season.
How Many Washburn Soccer Teams are There?
There are four Washburn High School boys soccer teams: varsity, junior varsity, B Squad, and C Squad. Occasionally the B Squad team is called “JV Blue” or the “sophomore” team and the C Squad is called the “freshmen” team. Generally, however, any grade may play on the junior varsity and B Squad teams, while primarily freshmen and a few sophomores play on the C Squad team.
How Many Kids are Trying Out?
It’s hard to predict accurately, as tryouts are open to anyone eligible to play high school sports. In the summer of 2014, 90 students tried out for 75 spots on the four teams. We expect at least the same number of kids—if not more—to try out this year.
Is it Possible I Won’t Make a Team?
Yes. Due to the strength and quality of the Washburn soccer program, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to make a team. After tryouts last year in 2014, 15 players did not make one of the four teams, the first time in years that any cuts had to be made during tryouts. This year, we again expect to have more demand for spots than are available. Unfortunately, that means not every player who tries out will make a team. The Minneapolis Park board has added rec soccer for high school, and a number of players have played there for fun and to improve their play for the upcoming year.
Is there a Cost to Participate?
Yes. The Minneapolis Public Schools charges a sports registration fee for fall sports, including soccer, which is $60.00. This fee should be paid prior to tryouts and it is typically paid at Sports Registration Night, which this year is July 28. In addition, the Washburn Boys Soccer Boosters asks all players to contribute $105 to the booster club so that it can fulfill its mission of providing funding to the soccer program. This is a suggested contribution—no one will be prevented from playing on a team if they do not contribute to the booster club. But, because player contributions help fund the Washburn soccer program, particularly the coaches and the B Squad and C Squad teams, we ask that all players contribute to the soccer boosters. Players’ parents will be contacted after tryouts with more information about the booster club.
I’m an Entering Freshman. Can I Be Considered for the Varsity Team?
In rare situations an incoming ninth grader may be considered for the varsity team. Varsity Head Coach Aaron Percy needs a club coach recommendation for the player to participate in Pool A tryouts. Ninth graders will typically participate in Pool B during the tryout week.
I’m a Goalkeeper and a Field Player. How Do I Try Out for Goalie? Can I Also Be Considered for a Field Position?
We will have a goalkeeper coach who will work with goalies during the tryouts and get an assessment of where each goalie fits team wise. If we have extra goalies, the younger teams will possibly carry two goalies and each goalie would split time by half or by game. Players interested in playing both goalie and in the field should communicate with coaches during tryouts and our coaching staff will try to assess the player at both positions.
How Are Team Selections Made?
Please refer to our Team Structure/Criteria information regarding player selection.
What Are the Differences Between A and B Tryout Pools?
Pool A tryouts are designed for upperclassmen and potential varsity players. Pool B is designed primarily for incoming players and players who are not quite ready for the varsity level pool. The coaching staff determines the pools, and players are assigned to the A or B Pool when they check in for tryouts on the first day (August 17th). Having said that, we do have movement between Pool B and Pool A each year during tryouts.
I’ll Be a Senior in the Fall. Is My Only Option to Make the Varsity Team?
As we are a program that has grown by leaps and bounds the past three years, we have had to make some difficult decisions regarding players. One of those is a policy that states we do not want seniors to repeat playing on junior varsity (JV). As a senior who wants to be connected to the program in some capacity, we want to try and provide that opportunity and would love to have team managers, video camera operators, etc.
How Many Players Are on the Rosters for Each Team?
As a general rule, there are a maximum of 20 players for each team. This number will generally be lower, and most teams will have 17-18 players on the roster.
I Had a Physical Last Year for Washburn Sports. Do I Need Another One This Year?
No. As long as you had a physical exam in the last three years and it is on file with the Washburn Athletic Department, you do not need to complete another physical exam. You will, however, still need to complete the Minnesota State High School League Annual Sports Health Questionnaire and submit it to Washburn. This form is available on the Washburn Soccer website as part of the MSHSL Eligibility Brochure.
How Long is the High School Soccer Season?
Beginning with tryouts, the season for most teams is from mid-August through the first week of October. The varsity team, however, will typically participate in post-season sectional playoffs and the state tournament, which could last until the end of October. For all other teams, the season will end in early October.
Who Are The Coaches This Year?
Aaron Percy: Varsity Head Coach
Sean Keir: Varsity Assistant Coach
Steve Alexander: Varsity Assistant Coach
Eric Adams: Junior Varsity Coach
Eduardo Romo: B Squad Coach
Gavin Rice: C Squad Coach
When and Where Are Practices?
The varsity team typically practices on weekday afternoons or evenings at Washburn Stadium. The junior varsity, B Squad, and C Squad teams typically practice immediately after school at Pearl Park, usually starting about one-half hour after the end of school. Coaches will set a practice schedule prior to the start of the season, but you should generally expect to have a practice or a game after school every day during the soccer season.
Where Are the Washburn Soccer Home Games?
Home games for the varsity team are at Washburn Stadium. Occasionally, the junior varsity team will also play at Washburn Stadium. For all other teams, home games are usually at Pearl Park.
For Super Soccer Saturday on September 26, all teams will play at Washburn Stadium.
Who Provides Transportation to Practices and Games?
Transportation to all away games is provided by the Minneapolis Public Schools. The transportation costs for B and C squads are partially funded by the boys soccer boosters. With some exceptions, school buses are used for transportation and leave from Washburn High School at a time designated by each team’s coach.
Transportation to home games and to all practices is the responsibility of the player and/or the player’s family. Practices and home games, however, are typically within walking distance of Washburn High School, if not at Washburn Stadium.
Can I Transport My Son Back Home After Away Games?
Generally, no. Coaches expect the team to travel together to and from all away games. If there are circumstances that may require alternative transportation after a game, you will need to discuss that with the team coach.
What’s the Best Way to Keep Track of Game and Practice Schedules?
Coaches keep players advised of any changes in the practice and game schedules, which are also published and updated in a central calendar on the Washburn soccer website. Each team also has a game schedule, game results, and roster published on the Washburn soccer website, which will be updated as the season progresses.
The soccer program also uses TeamSnap to coordinate each of the team’s rosters and schedules. Prior to the start of the season, players and their parents will be invited to join each team’s TeamSnap application. Most club soccer players and parents are familiar with TeamSnap.
For general information and for many program-wide announcements and news, the booster club posts information here on the website and on Twitter at @soccerboosters. Varsity co-captains Sam Abrams and Garrett Lieb also use Twitter @whsmillersoccer.